The Garden of Evening Mists

Shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, Tan Twan Eng's haunting novel is set in Malaya in 1951 and follows a young woman recovering from the ravages of WWII. Accepted as the apprentice of a mysterious Japanese gardener in the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, she wrestles with her own secrets in a moving historical that recalls the work of David Mitchell.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…